Joel R. Coats
Joel R. Coats
Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor
Entomology and Toxicology
B.S., Arizona State University (1970)
M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1974) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Research areas are insecticide toxicology and environmental toxicology. His specific interests in insecticide toxicology include mechanisms of toxic action, selectivity, metabolism, and structure-activity relationships. He conducts studies on the spectrum of activity and mode of action of several classes of natural products as insecticides. Their potential utility in insect control is evaluated, derivatives and analogs are synthesized and bioassayed, and structure-activity relationships are developed. Environmental toxicology and chemistry research involves environmental effects, as well as degradation and movement, using radiotracers and residue analysis. Investigations of the degradation of toxic chemicals in soil deal with the mechanisms and rates of transformation as well as their mobility. Environmental fate projects focus on microbial degradation of pesticides in soil and the significance of the transformation products, as well as bioremediation and aquatic toxicology. Current research also includes the environmental fate and effects of the Bt protein toxin and a veterinary antibiotic. Dr. Coats teaches Insecticide Toxicology and portions of Pesticides in the Environment, Principles of Toxicology, Toxicology Methods, and Natural Toxins. He is also active in the Interdepartmental Toxicology Program and has served as its chair for four years.
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